Cash boost for war graves repair project
A project to maintain and repair war graves has been given a £4,000 cash boost.
Cheshire East council has handed the money to the Macclesfield War Graves Project to help maintain and repair 83 war graves of the town’s fallen servicemen.
Trevor Druce started the campaign after seeing the poor condition of graves after visiting war graves in France and Belgium.
He has also enlisted pupils from local primary schools for a programme in which the little troops will ‘adopt’ the graves.
The children will learn about the people buried in the graves, place a cross of remembrance to commemorate the date of their death, and lay a wreath at the graves on Armistice Day.
Trevor said: “We recognised that there were stark differences between the beautiful condition of war graves in Belgium and France to those in such poor condition in Macclesfield Cemetery – and that something needed to be done.
“The project has engaged children from six local primary schools who as well as doing some tremendous fundraising will also spend time researching each individual soldier.
“With each school ‘adopting’ a number of graves, it is hoped the memory of the fallen will live on and that our younger generation will learn the real impact of war.
“We are so grateful to have received a grant of £4,000 which we have used to fund essential repair work.”
Presenting the cheque, Coun David Brown said: “I’m really pleased that Cheshire East Council is able to support the War Graves Project here in Macclesfield.
“They have set out on an ambitious project to do some important work in the cemetery – and as part of that project they recognised that there is no memorial plaque there.
“So, it is heart-warming to hear that a long-established local firm has stepped up and made a generous donation of a plaque.”
That plaque has been donated by stonemasons Whitby’s, based on Calamine Street, Macclesfield, and will be erected in the cemetery.
The black granite features the names of the 83 dead service men and women that fought and died in both world wars.
John Hulme, managing director of Whitby’s, said: “We’ve been very pleased to be of assistance on this local project for such a worthwhile cause.”
●» Specsaver’s staff members Rachel Simmons, Craig Wollaston and Nicola Callaghan.
●» Coun David Brown with Macclesfield War Graves Project founder Trevor Druce, craftsmen Steve Gates and Tom Wilde, and managing director John Hulme.